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Putin accuses West of plotting to kill Russian journalists

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that his main spy agency had foiled what he said was a Western plot to kill a prominent Russian journalist.

“This morning, the Federal Security Service stopped the activities of a terrorist group that planned to attack and kill a famous Russian television journalist,” Putin told prosecutors.

“They moved on to terror – to preparation for the murder of our journalists,” Putin said.

He did not immediately provide evidence to support his claims. Reuters was unable to immediately verify the claims.

The Interfax news agency said members of a nationalist group had been arrested by Russian authorities. said Interfax. the group, acting on the orders of Ukrainian spies, was plotting to kill Russian journalist Vladimir Solovyov.

Putin said the West was trying to destroy Russia from within, but such attempts would fail. He said the US Central Intelligence Agency was leading attempts to undermine Russia and advising the Ukrainian government.

Putin also said that foreign media and social media had been used by the West to fabricate provocations against the Russian armed forces. Such actions, he said, should be stopped.